Pain is subjective. What will cause pain in one individual will not be painful for another. The majority of our patients report no pain or discomfort. An aligner will place pressure on a tooth/teeth to move the tooth/teeth. The pressure is most noticeable when the aligner is inserted for the first time and will usually last for one to two days.
Everyone will feel pressure for the first day or two of wearing a new aligner. We recommend changing to a new aligner at night. This will mean you will sleep through the initial feeling of pressure.
When do most people feel “discomfort”
- The pressure sensation will usually last for one to two days, but depends on what type of movement that tray is made to do.
- There can be a release of pressure when an aligner is removed, and then the pressure sensation comes back when the aligner is placed back in the mouth. Again, this is most noticeable in the first day or two after a new aligner is placed
- There may be some irritation of the gum/cheek or tongue from the edge of the aligner. Usually this is because you are not used to having something in your mouth full time, and resolves quickly. Rarely there may be an edge on the aligner that needs to be adjusted. The aligners are trimmed with lasers and polished, therefore this is not common.
Do note that while there is some minor discomfort associated with Invisalign, and all other clear aligner systems, it is less than that associated with traditional braces. There are no wires to stick into your tongue, or cheek and no brackets to rub on the inside of your mouth. While undergoing treatment with traditional braces, a person will also have the “pressure” sensation after each adjustment.
If you have any concerns about how your Invisalign treatment is going it is important to contact your Invisalign provider for advice.